Everything is easier once you start

My father is a surgeon. And while I imagine performing surgery on a human being is a bit more difficult than performing surgery on an automobile, my father is a professional at doing both.

His ability to take apart any section of nearly any car, find what was causing it problems, fix the problem, then restore the car to its formerly running state never ceased to amaze me.

So when I watched as he took a tire off of the family SUV some years ago, inspecting the breaks and the mechanics that are supposed to make it work, I couldn’t help but raise the question: “How do you know what you’re doing?”

His answer was simply that he had no idea, but that most things are easier than we first imagine.

Whenever someone asks me how I was able to write a book, or become a world-renowned designer, or start a number of companies, or work with some of the most creative people in the world, my answer is similar: I don’t know, I just did.

And you can too.

You can take apart a car and put it back together, or write a book, or become a world-famous painter, or travel the world, or work with those who inspire you every day. You can do the creative work you see in galleries and museums or read about online.

All it takes is the willingness to get your hands dirty, to start.

That’s really it: if you want to do something creative, the only thing you need to dedicate yourself to is starting.

What is something you can start today? What are you waiting for, and do you really need to be waiting?

Photo by Norlando Pobre.